Operation Iraqi Freedom, Fallen Heroes, Iraq War 03/19/03

Eric E.S. Rynearson

Eugene, Oregon

January 19, 2008

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
22 Army SSG

1st Squadron, 16th Cavalry Regiment, Echo Troop
Fort Knox, Kentucky

 Died in Maui, Hawaii


Honoring Our Hero SSgt Eric Rynearson

January 27, 2008

Regular Army Recruiter, Maui Recruiting Station
Staff Sergeant Eric Rynearson was born in Eugene, Oregon and raised in Veneta, Oregon. He graduated from Elmira High School 20 May 2003. He enlisted into the United States Army on 22 July 2003 as a Private First Class and attended Basic Training and Advanced Initial Training at Fort Knox, Kentucky as a 19D Cavalry Scout. 
Staff Sergeant Rynearsonís first assignment was Fort Knox, Kentucky with the 1st Squadron, 16th Cavalry Regiment, Echo Troop. While assigned to the 16th Cavalry Regiment he served as a M3 Bradley Cavalry Scout and earned membership in the prestigious Excellence in Armor Program. He also earned a certificate of achievement for completing the Cavalry Regiment Belt Buckle March and passed the Combat Lifesaver Course. 
Staff Sergeant Rynearson was identified by the United States Army as one of the best in his class and was selected very early in his military career to become an Army Recruiter. On 19 April 2005 Staff Sergeant Rynearson attended and graduated the United States Army Recruiting and Retention School at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. He was later assigned to Portland Recruiting Battalion, Honolulu Recruiting Company with duty in the Maui Recruiting Station. 
While assigned to the Maui Recruiting Station Staff Sergeant Rynearson was immediately identified by the command and competed and won the Brigade Soldier of the Year Board in Fiscal Year 2005. He also earned the coveted Gold Recruiter Badge with three Sapphire Stars. Staff Sergeant Rynearson later went on to graduate Warrior Leaders Course on 27 July 2007. 
Staff Sergeant Rynearsonís service medals include the Army Accommodation Medal, Army Achievement Medal with 2 oak leaf clusters, Army Service Ribbon, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal. 

Each morning Staff Sergeant Rynearson made it his duty to pump up the Soldiers in the station with a hot cup of coffee and a contagious smile. Staff Sergeant Rynearson enjoyed riding his motorcycle, spear-fishing and spending time at home. He was a Soldierís Soldier who freely gave up personal time to assist others. He was always a dependable and loving friend to his fellow Soldiers, Civilians, Contractors and Family Members. He was always able to assess situations or circumstances shrewdly and make sensible decisions. He was loved by the entire Portland Recruiting Battalion and will be missed.
January 25, 2008 

Army soldier dies in crash

At the request of the family of U.S. Army soldier, Sgt. Eric Everett Rynearson, the following information is being made available.
On Jan. 19, 2008, Sgt. Eric E. Rynearson was involved in a motorcycle crash. The crash occurred when he lost control,went off the roadway and collided into a guardrail. The accident is under investigation.
Sgt. Rynearson was born on Aug. 12, 1985 in Eugene, Oregon and listed his home of record as Veneta, Oregon.
He entered the Army on July 12, 2003. Rynearson was assigned to the U.S. Army Recruiting Headquarters in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Services have been set for Sunday, January 27 at 1 p.m. at the Musgrove Family Mortuary, 1152 Olive St. in Eugene, Ore. Interment will immediately follow at the Oak Hill Cemetery, 88558 Oakhill Cemetery Road, Eugene, Oregon 97402.
Rynearson is survived by his mother Katherine Phillips, father Stephen Rynearson and sister Krista Rynearson.
In lei of flowers and gifts, his family requests contributions to " El Mira Campus Life, Care of: Lane County Youth for Christ, 1190 West 7th St, Eugene, Or, 97402" which Erik Rynearson was strongly involved in and supported.
He attended Fern Ridge Middle School and Elmira High School.
He played Soccer in grade school.
He was a runner; cross country & track and field in middle and high school.
He loved Biking as a kid, motorcycles & cars when he got older.
He also loved technology. He was always reading about something, putting something together or more often taking it apart.
He grew up in the church, went to Fern Ridge Faith center.
His faith was very important to him and he loved God.
Eric was a student leader in Campus Life and volunteered in the program for several years.
His great grandfather (Henry O Phillips) and grandfather (John M. Phillips) were both in the army. Henry Phillips was a 2nd Lt. Field Artillery in WWI and John Phillips was a 1st Lt. Field artillery in WWII. Eric was always proud of his heritage and family history. He knew he would be in the army from the time he was 6 and he signed up before he was even out of High School.

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